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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Wicked Game” 50-Minute Ride 14

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Wicked Game” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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I can’t believe how long it has been since I put one of these together. This year has been kind of a jumble of amazing things and not-so-great things that have been keeping me from Blogging on a regular basis. I hope to fix that in 2017 but in the meantime, I wanted to share my newest playlist that this past weekend earned me lots of shouts of “woot!” and “hell yeah!”

I hope you like the selections listed here and hope one or two may wind up on your iPod soon! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also—be sure to leave a few of your favorite workout song suggestions as well.

  • Wicked Game (featuring Anna Naklab): Parra for Cuva

This song was suggested by one of my favorite students (a front-row achiever who has been a regular of mine for over 6 years now!) She heard randomly on either Pandora or Spotify and thought it would be perfect as a warmup tune and darn it– she picked a good one!

I love the dreamy vocals and steady beat.

 

  • All the Small Things: blink-182

The video always cracked me up as it spoofed on boy bands of the day though it turns out to be far more of a pop song than a rock one if you ask me.

 

  • Fantastic Voyage: Coolio

I really prefer the mix I have from an old MTV compilation CD but I gave it away in a rare “Marie Kondo-inspired” fit of tidiness. The “real” version is fine and gets people in a fun, 90s mood.

 

  • Jingo: Santana

This is one of my favorite “go-to” songs for running drills as the percussion beat and searing guitars are impossible to resist. You hear Jingo and you want to move faster and longer.

 

  • Hallelujah: The Happy Mondays

I have never heard of this band until viewing the film 24 Hour Party People and fell in love with the music and culture of 80s/90s Britain. This is a longer climb (over 6 minutes) and the beat is perfect for getting people in the mood to load resistance and WORK!

 

  • In Da Club: 50 Cent

This is one of those tunes that makes everyone in the room bob their heads to the beat of the music. Its tres adorable to watch!

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

There are times when I need something that SCREAMS 90s rock and Bush always fits that bill.

 

  • Welcome to Your Life: Grouplove

To keep myself motivated and upbeat in 2017 my plan is to include songs with a positive message which is what I assume is going on here. If you decide to play in your classes be aware that the volume makes BIG changes during the chorus meaning it gets VERY loud then.

 

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

I love me some Silervsun Pickups for sprints and this song does the job very nicely.

 

  • Bootylicious: Destiny’s Child

Recently I was getting my bi-weekly pedicure (because I am super fancy like that) when this song came over the headphones of the big, muscular dude sitting next to me (true story!) It made me smile to hear it when he turned to me and said “You have to love Beyoncé and Stevie (Nicks) together in a song!” He is my spirit animal.

 

  • 24K Magic: Bruno Mars

While not his best work, this tune is fun and bouncy which is all most things need to be to make me happy. Truth!

 

  • Bohemian Like You: The Dandy Warhols

(See above about my occasional need for 90s rock)

 

  • Madness: Muse

One of my other favorite regulars shows up every Monday and Friday morning wearing pajamas OVER his workout clothes and he loves Muse—so here they are!

 

That’s it for me this time. What are your new favorite tunes you think I should check out?

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist with @Beyonce @OneRepublic #Coldplay and more! 14

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Counting Stars (2016)” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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I quickly threw together a playlist over the weekend and guess what? I managed to NOT include Avicii in one this time! (I will give you a moment to recover from the shock.)

Instead, I went back to a OneRepublic (their spelling, not mine) song that I love and did my usual “mix the old with the new” and see if magic can happen.  (The initial reviews are looking good so far!)

Let me know what you think and please leave some song suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik.

Oh! And just wanted to remind you I am co-host of the brand new  Fit Bottomed Girls podcast so come check us out! http://fitbottomedgirls.com/podcast/

Now let’s get to gettin’!

  • Counting Stars: OneRepublic

This song is a uniter not a divider because it makes the whole room happy when they hear it. Perfect for the warmup portion and gets things off to an energetic start.

 

  • Got Your Number: Serena Ryder

Canadian chanteuse Serena Ryder writes these kick-ass songs that are strong and bold. I really love to play this one as a “second song’ as it builds on the energy of the warmup.

 

  • Can’t Hold Us: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This is the Macklemore I love—loud and brash without any sentimentality going on.

 

  • Promiscuous: Nelly Furtado & Timbaland

Some of my favorite jams comes from Timothy of Timbaland,

 

  • Waterfalls: TLC

I can’t think of any human being who doesn’t absolutely LOVE this song when I play it. I love using it for slow climbs in my spin classes.

 

  • Lust for Life: Iggy Pop

For this song I ask the students to perform some running out of the saddle drills but with some punk rock attitude. (Most attempt which is so adorable.)

 

  • Houdini: Foster the People

This is the most fun and bounciest tune in the whole ride. (LOVE it!)

 

  • Only: Nine Inch Nails

My inner 90s rock chick needs to hear some Trent Reznor from time to time and this song fits the bill. (Warning—there is a clean and an explicit version of this one!)

 

  • Hymn for the Weekend: Coldply (with Beyonce!)

I thought their paring at the last Superbowl was a fluke. Turns out Bey recorded with the boys of Coldplay a while ago. Who knew?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—a clean and explicit version exists here!

 

  • Tearing Me Up: Bob Moses

This is my new favorite, sexy slow jam and I am turning many of my students into Bob Moses fans. (You’re welcome, society at large!)

 

  • I Feel Love: Blue Man Group

We finish with a faster pace song before the cool down and people seem to dig this version of the Donna Summer classic.

 

  • Wildflowers: Tom Petty

The world is better because Tom is in it and let’s just all form a prayer circle around him so we do not lose another amazing musician this year!

 

That’s it for me this time. What are your new favorite tunes you think I should check out?

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Bey Meets Avicii! (50 Minute Ride) 27

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Hey Brother (2016)” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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This past week Michelle Obama (FLOTUS) was featured on James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke segment singing to her favorite tunes including Beyoncé’s Single Ladies. Now, I loved that song so much when it came out that I might have played it just a wee bit too much and got very tired of it.

Now—I am all amped to play it again so I created a ride all around featuring my Swedish dreamboat Avicii to start us off. The rest of this list is my usual mix of old and new (filled with tons of 90s tunes, of course.)

Let me know what you think and please leave some song suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik.

Now load up that smartphone and get to working out!

Thanks!

  • Hey Brother: Avicii

My blonde, much younger imaginary boyfriend teamed with bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski for this badass warm-up tune that is perfect for spin classes IMHO. And now we are off for the rest of the ride!

 

  • Last Nite: The Strokes

Remember in 2001 when we all thought these guys would be HUGE in the future? Was it just me?

 

  • Single Ladies: Beyoncé

I am so happy to bring back this tune and get the room grooving. (Maybe I can figure out how to get the dance moves on the bike as well…)

 

  • Wish I Knew Your: The Revivalists

Not familiar with this New Orleans rock/soul band? Neither was I but I am hearing this song everywhere I go and think it will be the hit of the summer. (Big prediction here!)

 

  • Get Higher: Black Grape

I am not going to lie—this is a weird, 90s, British, kind-of, sort-of a pro getting high song. If you can overlook that (or if that is your thing) give this one a go for a groovy-sounding climb.

 

  • Jump Around: House of Pain

This song always fulfills my inner Irish-American white trash “need to yell out” kind of mood set to music. NEVER get tired of this one or how much my students always seem to enjoy it.

 

  • Snow (Hey Oh): Red Hot Chili Peppers

I don’t want to freak you guys out but I just looked up their Wiki page and this band has been around since 1983!!!! (Makes me feel a bit old anyway…)

 

  • Hand in My Pocket: Alanis Morrissette

If there is a world record for how many times someone played this song over their headphones in 1995 that beats me—I want to shake their hand because I lived for Jagged Little Pill!

 

  • Freckle Song: Chuck Prophet

I love this sexy little tune for summer time listening. Give it a go if you are unfamiliar.

 

  • Hotline Bling: Drake

This song came out almost a year ago but it still sounds fresh to me. LOVE Drake!

 

  • Panic Switch: Silversun Pickups

When I need music that will help my students spring faster—I put on this band and watch them move.

 

  • What a Wonderful World: Joey Ramone

Long story short—I actually have an autograph from Joey Ramone that I let sit in a picture frame facing the sun. It is now basically invisible but I will NEVER throw it, out. RIP JR.

 

  • Don’t Dream It’s Over: Crowded House

Now we cool down with one of my favorites of all time. Enjoy!

 

That’s it for me this time. What are your new favorite tunes you think I should check out?

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute “Superlove” Ride with Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Foos, Gaga & More 29

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Superlove” Ride (50 Minutes)

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I am continuing my delve into club/dance music which is just slightly outside my comfort zone but Swedish DJ Avicii puts together such fun, catchy “warm-up” tunes. I love “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” so when I heard he recorded with Lenny Kravitz—I downloaded the song right away and decided to trip around the last couple of decades to being you this playlist. You’re welcome!!!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Superlove: Avicii & Lenny Kravitz

I love how the song seems to ebb and flow– making it a perfect warm-up for getting my students used to being on the bike. I have them match the beat with their peddling but it also works for any kind of group fitness class.

 

  • Fire Sign: The Gossip

Beth Ditto is a fierce singer and this tune really gets the room pumping with energy. (True story—the original drummer left the band to be a midwife!)

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyes Peas

The beat here is fun, happy and builds in joy as you move along which is just about perfect for any workout playlist.

 

  • Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

Sometimes you want your class to fall into a trance and just the music flow…this song does that very nicely from this Australian band.

 

  • Clocks: Coldplay

I know there are people out there who hate Coldplay and complain anytime they are played on the radio but I love them and this song always makes me want to go on long climbs and think about life.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

How committed is singer Dave Grohl to rocking out as hard as possible? The dude broke his leg falling off stage and stayed until the show was finished!

 

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

I wish these two would record a whole album together—this song just cooks!

 

  • Breathe: The Prodigy

My inner 90s rock goddess loves hearing this band anytime and this particular tune is perfect for sprinting.

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

I cannot believe this band has been together so long that they are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (I am OLD!)

 

  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is best known for their druggie anthem “Semi-Charmed Life” but I really like this song so much more.

 

  • Complicated: Avril Lavigne

If it has been a while since you heard this one from Avril—go back to it. She did some might fine songwriting here and she was just 16 years-old when she recorded it.

 

  • Ordinary World: Duran Duran

This may be my all-time, most favorite Duran Duran song of all time after “The Reflex” and “Girls on Film.” (Though “Planet Earth” is pretty amazing as well… (Use this one as your cool down, of course.)

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Wake Me Up” 50-Minute Ride Avicii, Lorde, Jack White & More 7

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Wake Me Up” (50-minute Ride)

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My playlist this week features a mixture of new tunes and few classic gems for a true interval ride. The energy level goes up and down so it is perfect for Tabata and sprint drills. Enjoy!

 

  • Wake Me Up: Avicii

This Swedish DJ’s real name is Tim Bergling and he has possibly the most gorgeous face I have ever seen on a man or woman. Just look at those blue eyes and high cheekbones…sorry, what were we talking about?

 

  • Pompeii: Bastille

Quoting directly from Wikipedia here: “Lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.”

  • All the Small Things: blink-182

The one and only blink-182 song I know. Love it.

 

  • Dancing With Myself: Billy Idol

I think Billy Idol is one of the sexiest rock & roll singers of all time and this song has long been a “dancing around my bedroom like a fool” staple in my life.

 

  • Sunday Morning: k-os

A really fun tune for running sprints.

 

  • Apparitions: Matthew Good Band

For the first “climb” in this set I like this one from the Matthew Good Band.

 

  • Dog Days Are Over: Florence & the Machine

This was one of my favorite songs from her first album and is perfect for when you want your class to work harder and give more energy.

 

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

Kind of, sort of THE perfect workout tune which makes everyone helpless against its charms.

 

  • Love Interruption: Jack White

I have a thing for pasty white guys who croon for love.

 

  • Do What U Want: Lady Gaga (with R. Kelly)

Gaga was just so damn charming on the Howard Stern Show that she can do no wrong in my eyes.

 

  • The Perfect Life: Moby (featuring Wayne Coyne)

I am not sure if everyone is aware of this but MOBY HAS A NEW SONG YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT NOW!

 

  • Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas

If you want to get a group to move hard just one last time, this is what you need to play for them.

 

  • XO: Beyoncé

This is my absolute favorite song on her new album.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Have We Learned This Month? @ShapeMagazine with Beyonce on the Cover!! 7

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: April 2013

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

 

Shape Cover Star for March:

I don’t think I am ready for this jelly—cuz Beyoncé is on the cover of the April Shape—whoo hoo!

First of all, I am shocked to learn she is only 31 years-old. (What I mean by that is doesn’t it feel as if she has been around for ages?)

The long-legged diva talks to Shape about how she got back her killer curves after gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy (whoa!) plus her intent on showing her daughter the importance of following your own passions and “do things that challenge” you to face your fears.

Here is a photo of the mighty one being fierce in heels.

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So what else is inside the March Shape?

 

“Workout of the Month”

I have a strong, passionate love/hate relationship with my foam roller so this feature on how to use them to both strengthen and lengthen my muscles was very useful. (Ouch!!) Trainer Ashley Borden designed the routine.

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“Swing Into Action”

I worked for a golf publication for a while and know how the swing can really work (or hurt) your back depending on how you do it. (I just wish golf clothes were sexier…)

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“2013 Shape Shoe Awards”

The editors of Shape put over 50 pairs of sneakers through their paces and picked their 14 best bets.

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“Ready, Set, Burn!”

L.A.-based trainer Mike Donavanik (who created the DVD Extreme Burn: Ripped) offered us this workout that can help you burn 2000 calories per week.

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“The Skinny on…Milk”

Just switched to Trader Joe’s coconut milk in my coffee and now I completely forget what it was like to have real cream with each sip. (Oh, who am I kidding? I will forever miss cream in my coffee but dairy is no longer my friend.)

Anyhoo—this helpful feature shows the pros & cons of all different kinds of milk type things.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Chocolate Tonight!” Shape has a bunch of yummy-looking recipes here that feature the key ingredient of chocolate. Yes, please!
  • “Bag, You’re It!” I am so sick of my winter things including my big, black handbag so this story makes me all kinds of happy. (They show the best in Spring purses in all sorts of glorious colors.)
  • “Give Your Kitchen a Checkup” I have moving on my mind and the kitchen photographed on page 128 is my idea of paradise.
  • “Breathe Easy” Allergies are my sworn enemy so I read any and all articles about how to fight them.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Have to say I really loved this issue. Shape has been on a roll lately!

Have you read the April Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

Ox ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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